UGC provides scholarship (fellowship) to those candidates who clear UGC NET JRF (Junior Research Fellowship). The UGC NET JRF Exam is conducted by NTA (National testing agency) twice a year in June and December.
The NET JRF exam is a combined one- tier test, where the cut off for JRF is higher than the cut-off for NET. After qualifying NET, one is eligible to join as an Assistant Professor in any higher educational institution. However, JRF qualified candidates are entitled to receive scholarship once they enrol themselves for either a Ph.D. or M. Phil. Program into universities/institutions/colleges recognized by UGC.
For the first two years of enrolment a research scholar gets scholarship amount of Rs 31,000+ HRA. After two years (once a scholar is promoted to Senior Research Fellowship ‘SRF’) scholar receives scholarship amount of Rs 35000+HRA. HRA amount is 24%, 16% and 8% of the fellowship depending upon the city where the university is situated.
Apart from these benefits UGC also provides contingency fund of Rs 10,000 per annum during JRF period and 20,500 for rest of the period.
UGC guideline is attached in the footnote. (Scholarship amount has been revised since 2019).